Centre for Curatorial Studies
The Centre for Curatorial Studies (CCS) is a research and teaching unit based within the School of Philosophy and Art History. We focus on contemporary curatorial theory and practice, and contemporary museology, and offer a full range of postgraduate curating degrees from MA to PhD, which can be studied full-time, part-time or on a modular basis.
Our School was founded in August 2011, born out of the
merger of two long-standing departments at Essex - the
of Art History and Theory and the
Department of Philosophy. We
offer single-discipline degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate
levels in both philosophy and in art history, as well as
opportunities for exploring interdisciplinary themes at the
intersection of art and philosophy.
Areas of special research and teaching concentration include
Renaissance studies, curatorial studies, Modernism, continental
European philosophy, moral and political philosophy, phenomenology,
semiotics and critical theory.
Details of our course offerings and visiting speaker series can
be found on the discipline-specific websites;
Philosophy at Essex and
Art History at Essex.
- Top quality research
- High student satisfaction
- Supportive environment
- Excellent facilities
- International reputation
Art history at Essex is recognised internationally for high quality teaching and research. We have an worldwide reputation for research across a range of fields including Renaissance studies, Cubism, Surrealism, curating and Latin American art.
Philosophy at Essex is world-renowned for the study of
continental philosophy and we were in the top ten for philosophy research in the last
Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008). We combine high overall student
satisfaction with exceptional graduate prospects.